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Family Development and Emergency Assistance Program - OFB
Description
OFB Emergency Assistance Programs assist individuals/families in securing resources to address financial crises.
OFB employs trained Family Advocates, who provide emergency assistance including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, prescription drugs, fuel, and transportation.

The Emergency Assistance Programs currently offered at OFB include the Lend-A-Hand (LAH) program, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and mass food distributions.

For the LAH program, OFB partners with the Press & Sun-Bulletin to provide emergency assistance to low-income individuals/families when help is not available through other programs/services. Funds are utilized to cover several items that can positively impact an individual/family's quality of life, which include: emergency medical needs (prescriptions, wheelchairs), essential furniture, appliances, utility bills, car repair, and clothing. Applications taken the first Wednesday of each month. First come, first served. Maximum assistance: $200.00. LAH does not assist with evictions, rent, rent arrears, security deposits or any type of home repairs.

OFB collaborates with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to distribute food to individuals/families in our community. OFB staff and volunteers distribute food at designated times throughout the year at various locations throughout Broome County.

OFB was awarded funding through EFSP to provide emergency rental assistance to individuals and families. OFB utilizes the funds to help pay up to one full month's past due rent or mortgage due to imminent evictions, or will assist in the payment of first month's rent to help individuals/families attain permanent housing (only to prevent homelessness). Payments must guarantee at least an additional 30 days residence. OFB funds do not cover security deposits.

In addition to the funding provided through these programs, OFB Family Advocates assist program participants with various needs through referrals, as well as assisting them in navigating various systems (i.e. BCDSS, SSI, or SSD) to assist them in accessing mainstream benefits. Through the provision of case management, advocates assist participants in setting realistic goals that reduce dependency and encourage self-sufficiency.
Eligibility
Serves: NY - Broome County;
Eligibility: Income guidelines.
Additional Details
Fees: No charge.
Intake Process: Application and required documents.
Languages Offered: English, Spanish
Program Location
5 W State St Ste 1
Binghamton, NY 13901-2322

Fax: 607-723-6497
Business Line: 607-723-6493
Website: www.ofbonline.org

Program Hours:
Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Last Updated: 10/18/2017
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